What Was The Paris Commune? by The Anti-Social Socialist

What Was The Paris Commune by The Anti-Social Socialist

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“The Paris Commune of 1871 was one of the greatest and most inspiring episodes in the history of the working class. In a tremendous revolutionary movement, the working people of Paris replaced the capitalist state with their own organs of government and held political power until their downfall in the last week of May. The Parisian workers strove, in extremely difficult circumstances, to put an end to exploitation and oppression, and to reorganise society on an entirely new foundation. 130 years later the lessons of these events are of fundamental importance for socialists today.” — Greg Oxely, The Paris Commune of 1871, May 16, 2001

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Yellow Vests, Class Struggle and Spontaneous Revolution by Gaither Stewart

Les Gilets Jaunes

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
January 18, 2019

In What Is To Be Done of 1902 Lenin opposed revolutionary spontaneity because it “strips away the disciplined nature of the Marxists idea of revolution, leaving it arbitrary and ineffective.” True to himself, Lenin then returned to opposition to spontaneous revolution after WWI during the German Revolution of 1918-19 when in a spontaneous uprising against the post-WWI system Rosa Luxemburg and the Spartacist League failed in an attempt to overturn German capitalism.

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Christmas 1914: When Rank and File Imposed Truce During Imperialist War by Henry Hagins + Balls To War

Christmas 1914: When Rank and File Imposed Truce During Imperialist War by Henry Hagins + Balls To War

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by Henry Hagins
Workers World, Dec. 16, 2014
Originally published Dec. 24, 2015
December 23, 2018

The “Christmas Truce of 1914” was a short-lived, unofficial lull in combat between two antagonistic rival forces, determined to exercise military, political and economic supremacy over each other in Europe and in the colonized world, to which these imperial powers lay arrogant false claim. One of the bloodiest episodes in human history, World War I was largely played out on the battle-scarred lands of France and Belgium, starting in August of 1914.

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The Yellow Vests and the Left by Jim Kavanagh + Yellow Vests Shift to the Left

Paris, 08/12/18 - Gilets jaunes "acte 4"

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by Jim Kavanagh
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Polemicist, Dec. 19, 2018
December 21, 2018

Something’s happening here…

Class Act

The “yellow vest” (gilets jaunes) movement has upended French politics, at least.

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World War I Homage – A Triumph of Lies and Platitudes by Finian Cunningham + Tell the Truth: Veterans Day Is A National Day of Lying by David Swanson

LIES

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
November 12, 2018

World leaders gathered in Paris on Sunday under the Arc de Triomphe to mark the centennial anniversary ending World War I. In an absurd way, the Napoleon-era arc was a fitting venue – because the ceremony and the rhetoric from President Emmanuel Macron was a “triumph” of lies and platitudes.

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Corbyn VS Corker by David Swanson + Wilkerson: War Powers is the Surest Way to Tyranny

Don't bomb Syria.

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
April 17, 2018

Five years ago, the British Parliament said no to an attack on Syria that its prime minister wanted to join the U.S. president in launching. That action, combined with public pressure, was instrumental in getting the U.S. Congress to make clear that it would say no as well, were it absolutely forced to — you know — admit it existed and do anything at all. And that was key to preventing the attack.

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Draft Dodger in Chief Might Trigger A World War by Felicity Arbuthnot + Trump Threatens to Bomb Syria Without Any Investigation into Alleged Chemical Attack

“Another war based on lies!”

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by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
April 12, 2018

As all becomes ever more rapidly surreal it seems that, barring a miracle, Draft Dodger in Chief, Donald Trump might trigger a world war, over an incident in Syria which is entirely evidence free.

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Quadriga by Gaither Stewart

The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
September 27, 2017

A five-meter tall resplendent Quadriga sculpture tops the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the Wellington Arch in London, The Bolshoy Theater in Moscow, the Victor Emmanuel Monument in Rome, and other important structures elsewhere. Quadriga  is a Latin word (quad=square plus yoke or iugum), the name of the two-wheel chariot drawn by four horses (not three as the Russian Troika) yet harnessed abreast, one beside the other, projecting an image of unusual power. The four-horse Quadriga was used in chariot races by Greeks, Romans and Byzantines and its drivers, the charioteers, were popular heroes like Formula One race drivers today. Some were even driven by gods and the Quadriga image was used also on coins. So the Quadriga became a symbol of war, victory and also the peace following a military victory.

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Left Liberals and Counter-History by Gaither Stewart

Democrats and Republicans

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
May 14, 2017

I read a Facebook post by an American Liberal comparing the refusal of the French Far-Leftist Jean-Luc Melanchon to choose between Emmanuel Macron and the rightist Marine Le Pen as President of France to the Left’s rejection of the German Social Democrats on the eve of WWI, resulting, ultimately, in the emergence of Naziism. He cited other similar cases where Communists of the 1920s and 1930s who refused to distinguish between the far right and those “insufficiently to the left”, ie. Social Democrats, thus paving the way for the fascist right and the rise of Hitler and Mussolini. He cites also the case of Fausto Bertinotti in Italy who withdrew his support for the center-left government of Romano Prodi and paved the road for the disastrous return to power in Rome of Silvio Berlusconi. This indeed sad history is compared to the choice (non-choice) between Clinton and Trump. And thus the nightmare of Trump in the White House.

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Chris Hedges and Richard Wolff: Capitalism in Crisis

Austerity kills - poster

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with Chris Hedges and

RT America on Jul 23, 2016

In this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges explores capitalism in crisis with Richard Wolff, professor of economics emeritus at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. From Brexit, to labor protests in France, to Italy’s financial woes, they discuss the effects of austerity on the working class. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the fallout of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

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Top 10 Reasons Why It’s Just Fine for U.S. to Blow Up Children by David Swanson

#Paris bombing #syria

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 20, 2016

Is it really necessary for me to explain to you why it’s acceptable, necessary, and admirable for the United States and its minor allies to be blowing up houses, families, men, women, and children in Syria?

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Richard Wolff: Class Warfare: French Labor Law, Brexit, and Greek Austerity

Capitalism Kills

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with Richard Wolff

TheRealNews on Jun 29, 2016

Economist Richard Wolff says the old European elite believed it could fix their broken capitalism on the backs of the masses and that has proved to be a fatal mistake.

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The Stimulator: Paris is Burning! + Take-Down of “The Donald”

Donald Trump's Big Tent Party

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Dandelion Salad

subMedia.tv on Apr 4, 2016

This week we take a look at the multiple converging flashpoints of resistance in France, which have combined into a popular movement that has inspired over a million peeps to take to the streets in a massive expression of collective rage.

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EU Refugee Crisis: Stop Illegal Wars, Don’t Blame the Victims by Finian Cunningham

Refugees Welcome: Community March Against Islamophobia — Marche communautaire contre l'islamophobie

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from RT, Jan. 27, 2016
January 28, 2016

Europe is on a dangerous, slippery slope of increasing xenophobia and racism engendered by the influx of refugees. Denmark’s new confiscation law is a sign of the brooding, baleful climate.

But the real answer to the problem is dealing with Europe’s support for Washington’s criminal wars.

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Why Paris Reveals the Horror and the Hypocrisies of Global Terrorism by Andrew Gavin Marshall

STOP THE MONEY!

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by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
andrewgavinmarshall.com
Originally posted at Occupy.com, November 17, 2015
November 23, 2015

The world was shocked and horrified at the terror inflicted upon Paris on the night of Friday the 13th, 2015, when ISIS-affiliated militants killed well over 100 civilians in one of the world’s most iconic cities. An outpouring of grief, solidarity, support and condolences came in from across the world. The tragedy, and tyranny, of such terror cannot be underestimated, but it should also be placed in its global context: namely, that the chief cause of terrorism is, in fact, terrorism, and that the chief victims are the innocent, wherever they may be.

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